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Travels Stories of Yunnan Province, China

Zaijian (Goodbye) China

CHINA | Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | Views [200]

Our final couple of days in China were spent in Guilin recovering from our bike ride; walking in the beautiful Lakes Park  and buying a second dose of delicious Chestnut cake. Shopping for clothes was a non event as Chinese female sizes are about ... Read more >

Yangshao (Karst country)

CHINA | Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | Views [215]

While expecting to wind down our travel experiences during our final week of travel, the opposite has occurred. There is tourism madness in the streets, colourful life, tasty treats, music, poverty, sadness and beauty. We have managed to fit in a Chinese ... Read more >

Ping 'an Rice Terraces

CHINA | Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | Views [268]

A taxi ride and two public bus changes got us from Guilin to Ping'an - a picturesque rural village set atop the rice terraces. Harvest time is the most popular time to visit this region as the myriad of terraces with their yellowing rice is a pleasing ... Read more >

Guilin - Guangxi Province

CHINA | Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | Views [287]

We caught 2 flights from Shangri-La to Guilin ...a much more expensive option than planned, but quick . It is warmly pleasant to be here after the chills of Shangri-La. The balmy climes suit us better.... and  it has been out with the shorts and ... Read more >


CHINA | Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | Views [307]

Shangri-la  .... Tibetan influence is well and truly apparent in Shangri-La a Tibetan Prefecture. Many women wear the clothing and headdress of their ethnic group. The houses, agriculture and terrain are all Tibetan in appearance. A 3 hour bus ... Read more >

Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-La

CHINA | Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | Views [285]

We enjoyed several half - day walks around the gorge with steep ascents and descents. Village life surrounding the gorge has mantained a subsistence approach, Homes had corn in the fields and drying on rooftops, vegetable gardens, half finished sheds, ... Read more >

Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge

CHINA | Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | Views [607]

Tiger Leaping Gorge,Tibetan Prefecture, China A  two hour and at times precarious bus ride has brought us to the stunning Middle  Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Tibetan prefecture, a mere 15 minutes from the border  of Tibet.There are ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Lijiang - Old City

CHINA | Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | Views [467]

Awesome Lijiang (Old City) ! We are staying in the International Youth Hostel which sits conveniently near the Old City. I was expecting Lijiang to be similar to Dali Old City, but it is even more beautiful  and awesome. It is slightly less ... Read more >

Photos: Yunnan

CHINA | Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Dali to Lijiang

CHINA | Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | Views [454]

  Dali to Lijiang We reluctantly left our friendly, good value, and comfortable apartment accomodation (Rainbows Nest Guesthouse) at Dali Old City today to head by bus to Lijiang;- a 3 hour journey north-west of Dali. We thoroughly enjoyed ... Read more >

The Three Pagodas & ChongSheng Temple - Dali Ancient City-Yunnan

CHINA | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | Views [705]

Day1 Our day began with a Chinese tea ceremony performed by a proprietor in one of the specialty Tea shops selling fine tea in incongrous shapes and sizes. Prices ranged from $15 to over $200 a kg. Our Master of the tea ceremony surprised us by ... Read more >

Onward to Dali (Old City) - Yunnan Province

CHINA | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | Views [505]

An early start today to catch the train from Kunming station to Dali Old City. Success!! We made it despite having little idea where to alight off the bus, which platform to head for and when to get off the train. Thank goodness for helpful locals who ... Read more >

Tags: mandarin teacher

Yuangtong Temple - Kunming

CHINA | Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | Views [590]

  A Sunday stroll in Kunming past Green Lake Park took us to Yuangtong Temple. We enjoyed this  spectacular 8th century temple from the Tang dynasty set in spacious courtyards with pagodas surrounded by water.  The pagodas feature beautifully ... Read more >

The Bamboo Temple & Green Lake Park- Kunming

CHINA | Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | Views [545]

It was an adventure getting there, negotiating the buses and being left on the side of the road, over 6 km from our destination as the rickshaw driver decided he could not make it uphill. Luckily a monk driving past in a minibus pulled up and saved us ... Read more >

The Stone Forest

CHINA | Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | Views [511]

A taxi trip, followed by a bus trip got us to this iconic venue  about 2 hours from Kunming. We congratulated ourselves on getting there and back given the language barrier. Lots of gesturing and using your fingers for numbers seems to work. ... Read more >

Kunming -Yunnan Province - China

CHINA | Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | Views [564]

An easy flight from Melbourne to smoggy Guangzhou...a two hour layover , then onto Kunming. China Air was great, good value, healthy Asian food and beautiful hostesses ofcourse. Order is everywhere with glossy airports at Kunming too modern and gleaming.... Read more >

En route to Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | Views [150]

Just discovered we lost a table off the back of Neil's tuck in transit somewhere  between Cann River and Lakes Entrance. Sorry Lach, that's not going to help your house move.Oh Mio!!

Travel China

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | Views [156]

Looking forward to departing from Melbourne to Kunming in Yunnan Province, south-west China, on Septmber 24th with China Airlines for 4 weeks! Long Service Leave here I come...

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